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November 23, 2007
Media Advisory - Revitalizing Union Station City priority
In an opinion piece today in the National Post, “Street-food project half-baked at best,” Terence Corcoran states that, “It must be 20 years now since they started talking about doing something with the station.” The column continues, “Nothing happens because city officials - obsessed with preventing private enterprise - cannot let go, cannot stop their meddling….”

Here are the facts:
  • the City of Toronto purchased Union Station in 2000, not “20 years” ago
  • the City entered into its first agreement with Union Pearson Group (UPG) to revitalize Union Station in 2002. Through many planning stages, a final arrangement with UPG, unfortunately, could not be concluded - that was in 2006
  • today, the Toronto government is as committed as ever to Union Station and has a comprehensive plan that very much includes the private sector. Debate begins this Monday.

For the record, the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer’s name is spelled Joe Pennachetti. An incorrect spelling appears in Mr. Corcoran’s column.

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Media contact:

Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications Division, 416-397-5277,



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